Keyboard shortcuts for navigating a large file in VSCode
When writing the code gets a bit dull at my job, I try to make things more interesting by setting myself a challenge in other ways. Currently, I am training myself to use the keyboard to get around VSCode instead of a mouse. I’ll list a few of my favourites (on macOS).
Fold all: command+k command+0
This folds all the foldable sections of a file. I find it makes files easier to scan at a high level.
Go to Symbol: shift+command+O
This allows you to search for and jump to any symbol on the page. Great for getting to the start of a method or function.
Go to line: control+G
Enter the line number, and there you go. Great for when you’re dealing with stack traces. I use it more to jump around a file quickly without needing to scroll.
control+option (with Space Block Jumper extension): Jump to next empty line
I use the Space Block Jumper extension to do this one. It takes you to the next blank line in the file. It allows you to move through a file faster than you would by scrolling with the up/down keys.
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